Gary Neville reveals Sky conversation following ‘billion-pound bottle jobs’ line

Gary Neville has spoken about his now infamous blasting of Chelsea as “billion-pound bottle jobs”, reflecting on the moment that the Blues lost the League Cup final.

Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, brought to you by Sky Bet, the former Manchester United star revealed that he spoke to a producer behind the scenes over the labelling of Chelsea’s side as bottlers, which has since been claimed is “is going to stick until they win something big,” by Neville’s colleague, Jamie Carragher.

“I think Mauricio Pochettino got asked about that [‘billion-pound bottle jobs’ comment] after the game, and he’s right to respond to that because he’s asked directly after the game, it wasn’t a piece of analysis that was done 24 hours later,” Neville said of his commentary. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 6: Raheem Sterling of Chelsea celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's third goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Preston North End at Stamford Bridge on January 6, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Gaspafotos/MB Media/Getty Images)

Chelsea were heavily criticised by Neville (Image credit: Getty Images)

“I’m not going to sit here and say that it was an instinctive and in-the-moment comment, I had one minute to think of that line. Peter Drury, the big moment after the cup final, that’s the commentator’s moment, and he was on for about 30-35 seconds. I knew that [Jamie] Carragher would come in next because I could feel him next to me, wanting to come in, Liverpool scored, and he literally jumped up and turned around to his mate.

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